The Fantasia Film Festival celebrated a wide selection of movies Sunday, throughout genres and continents — together with Best Feature winner Megalomaniac, a narrative of a killer whose kids live within the shadow of his crimes, and Kappei, a madcap story of Doomsday Warriors who go searching for loving when the world doesn’t finish as deliberate.
The awards had been handed out overlooking lovely Montreal from an eleventh ground patio at Concordia University. A robust storm swept via because the awards had been handed out indoors, including to the gleeful insanity of Fantasia, however the sky stayed dry earlier than and after the ceremonies, as friends loved drinks and dialogue concerning the competition, which is one in all MovieMaker‘s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee and one of the most essential genre-focused festivals of all.
In handing out the Best Feature Film Award (the Cheval Noir Competition) to Karim Ouelhaj’s Megalomaniac, jurors praises the Belgian movie as “an astonishing, brutal piece of art that challenges the audience while simultaneously saying something deeply profound.” The movie’s Eline Schumacher received the Outstanding Performance Award within the Cheval Noir Competition. Jurors stated her efficiency “is nuanced, with hints of compassion and beauty, that highlight the monstrosity of who she has become.”
The New Flesh award honors the perfect movie by a first-time director, and your humble correspondent served on the jury. We celebrated Takashi Hirano’s Kappei for “its embrace of smart-dumb comedy, its lovable ensemble of kooky characters, its cartoon visuals, and its ability to successfully marry and mock genres.”
We additionally gave particular jury mentions to 2 movies. The first was Alex Phillips’ All Jacked Up and Full of Worms, a few group of searchers and weirdos bonded collectively by a scorching new drug: worms. “There were moments when I thought the theater might be raided and we might all be arrested,” I stated in handing out the particular point out. “Instead, the filmmakers earned rapturous applause.” You can learn extra of my ideas concerning the movie right here.
The second was Syeyoung Park’s The Fifth Thoracic Vertebra, which we referred to as “a different kind of monster movie, where the most powerful set pieces are small moments of hard conversations about life, love and death.” You can learn my ideas on it right here.
The Satoshi Kon Award for Best Animated Feature went to Inu-Oh by Masaaki Yuasa. Jurors stated the movie “has so much energy it’s infectious. It blurs the lines between being a movie with its own captivating story to tell, and a big budget spectacle music video.”
The Best Director Award within the Cheval Noir Competition went to Next Sohee by July Jung. “With a grim accumulation of detail, the direction portrays a cruel yet frighteningly efficient system that uses up and casts aside the teenage girls making it go,” jurors stated.
The Best Cinematography Award within the Cheval Noir Competition went to Daniel Katz for House of Darkness by Neil LaBute. “A beautifully shot film evoking the gothic cinema of the past lensed through modern sensibilities,” jurors stated.
The Sandro Forte Award for Best Score within the Cheval Noir Competition went to Alexandre Desplat for Coupez! by Michel Hazanavicius. “A hilarious film with a soundtrack that keeps up with the gags, revealing how music in horror films can change a mood,” jurors stated.
Another Outstanding Performance Award within the Cheval Noir Competition went to actor Zorion Eguileor for his function in The Elderly by Raúl Cerezo and Fernando González Gómez. Jurors acknowledged him ‘For his unsparing, visceral depiction of the brutal loss of dignity, agency, and sense of purpose.”
The Cheval Noir Jury also awarded a special mention for Best Stunts to Special Delivery by Park Dae-min: “One jaw-dropping moment unanimously had the jury go ‘Whoa!’ and several other others had us in awe of its good craftsmanship,” jurors stated.
The Camera Lucida AQCC Prize went to Just Remembering by Daigo Matsui. Jurors acknowledged “its perfectly calibrated and stimulating backwards structure, and its brilliance in giving meaning to everyday objects.”
The Best Short Film Award in International Short Film Competition went to From.Beyond by Fredrik S. Hana.“We were impressed with the creative risk coupled with disturbing imagery and engaging worldbuilding,” jurors stated.
The International Short Film gave a particular point out to Darker by Frank Van den Bogaart, praising its “atmospheric cinematography and sound design combined to create absolute dread.” The similar jury awarded a particular point out to Blackbear by Bryce Hodgson, praising it as “Creative storytelling from a youthful perspective balanced the darker themes to create an impressive and astonishing film.”
The Best Director Award within the International Short Film Competition went to Arati Kadav for The Astronaut and His Parrot. “The director managed to create compelling characters that allowed us to develop a deep connection to a very human moment,” jurors stated.
The Best Screenplay Award within the International Short Film Competition went to Till by Marc Philip Ginolas. “The sophisticated writing handles the complexity of grief and loss in a compelling and sensitive way,” jurors stated.
The Outstanding Performance Award within the International Short Film Competition went to actress Erin Carroll, from Catharina Schürenberg’s Mara. “We love the vulnerability in her performance, and the bravery it takes to give justice to a true story,” jurors stated.
The Satoshi Kon Jury for animation additionally awarded a particular point out to the brief animated movie Summer Ghost by SUMMER GHOST by director loundraw. “Each story of three struggling teens and a ghost was told beautifully in a not too angsty way, unlike other movies,” the jurors stated.
The Satoshi Kon Award for Best Animated Short Film (Gold) went to Amen a Man by Kyeongbae Kim! “The film successfully presents its criticism on a society’s paradoxical understanding of charity, as well as on Korean Christianity,” jurors stated.
The Satoshi Kon Award for Best Animated Short Film (Silver) went to Things That Disappear by Kim Changsoo. “The story opens up around you, in a comforting way that lets you explore the canvas and take in all the details,” jurors stated.
The Satoshi Kon Award for Best Animated Short Film (Bronze) went to Aurora: The Street That Wanted to Be a River, Radhi Meron. Jurors wrote: “This intimate and undetachable relationship was presented through a narrative in a friendly and light tone, with humour.”
The Mon Premier Fantasia jure awarded a particular point out to You Can Fly! by Park Sungbae.
It awarded the Poulain d’Or to Corcoria by Claire Auvin, Kesia Caprice-Lucien, Maxence Delaforge, Diane Feixas, Marine Hergault & Sarah Siadoux, for “its humor, music and dynamic animation.”
The similar jury awarded the Poulain d’Argent to Nounours by Lou Rigoudy. And it awarded the Poulain de Bronze to Mist/Niebla by Leonardo Romero Zarza, citing its “magnificently realistic style, beautiful images and ambiance.”
More particulars to come back…
The Fantasia Film Festival continues till August 3 in Montreal.
Main image: Doomsday Warriors in Kappei, which received the New Flesh award for greatest Fantasia movie by a first-time filmmaker.